Joe Carr Western Swing Guitar Style PDF

Joe Carr - Western Swing Guitar Style

Sep 16, 2021

Joe Carr Western Swing Guitar Style PDF. If you have ever heard the sound of rhythm guitar in a good western swing band, you may have wondered how the guitarist achieved that unique chordal sound. While the song might be a simple one - playable with only two or three chords - the western swing guitarist changes chords every two beats, providing a driving and harmonically interesting background for the singers and instrumentalists. This book is designed for intermediate players who have a basic understanding of open chords. It begins with study of the Texas fiddle back-up style and the chords used to enhance this music. The chords and progressions explained in this book can be used in many types of music in addition to western swing and would serve as an excellent transition from open-string folk chords to more of a jazz approach.
Basically, western swing guitar is rhythm guitar characterized by chord changes and / or substitutions every two beats, and whose harmonies are designed to give an improviser as much room to move as possible (7th chords, half-diminished resolutions, minor 7ths, etc.). This book presents about fifteen chord progressions in a handful of keys (all of them are major) and ties it together with five rules for chord substitution - that's right, only five rules. Which means you can digest this and apply it very quickly. How many books are good for that, honestly? If you want to pepper up your chord phrasing, if you don't want to just play a static chord across a full measure (or more), this book is a compact little shot in the arm.
Chords using open strings are covered, as are 'inside' (no open strings) chords and so-called 'fat' chords (played on the bottom four strings only).


  • Ballad
  • Beaumont Rag
  • Blues
  • Columbus Stockade Blues
  • Corrina
  • Cowtown
  • Durang's Hornpipe
  • Dusty Miller
  • Ida Red
  • Kind Of Love
  • Leather Britches
  • Lily
  • Pipeline
  • Sally Goodin 1,2,3
  • Sally Goodin 4
  • Sally Johnson
  • San Antonio Rag
  • South
  • Sugar
  • Time/Just A Closer
  • Wesphalia Waltz

Format: PDF + CD Audio tracks (Mp3). 49 pages

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